Benjamin D. Sommer on God’s Body

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Benjamin D. Sommer presents four lectures on the body or bodies of God, as understood in the Bible and in ancient Near Eastern, Jewish and Christian traditions. The lectures are available in mp3 and on iTunes and were originally delivered at the Dr. Harvey H. Ammerman Memorial Study Retreat, September 2010.

The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part I

Yesh Lo Demut Ha-Guf? Does the Bible’s God Have a Body? Can a human see God? Part one will utilize texts from Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1-3, Exodus 33-34, Jeremiah 1, Genesis 1, Genesis 3, Exodus 24, and Amos 9 to explore these questions.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part II

How Many Bodies Does God Have? Part two will utilize selected Babylonian and Canaanite texts and selections from Genesis, Exodus, and Hosea to explore this question.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part III

Just One! Just One! Part three will examine The Shem and the Kavod: the Shema, Solomon’s Prayer, other deuteronomic texts, Exodus 39-40, and Ezekiel 8-10.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part IV

God’s Body and Our Own Judaism: Part four will utilize selected New Testament texts, kabbalistic texts, the Anim Zemirot, and the Yigdal.

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Benjamin D. Sommer is Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and author of The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel (CUP, 2009).

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